Our spotlight shines this week on a unique musically-talented band called Davisson Brothers Band. We chatted with the leads, brothers, Chris and Donnie Davisson, about how they got their start, their versatile musical inspirations, and of course, what fans can expect this year.
From day one the Davisson Brothers seem to have been destined to play music for a living. Growing up in West Virginia, the two fell in love with all different genres of music, including country music, bluegrass, and rock & roll. “Music’s always been a big part of the Davisson family,” they tell us, “Our grandparents, our great grandparents, it goes back for a lot of generations.”
For Chris and Donnie though, their father, Eddie, and their uncle, Pete remain two of the biggest inspirations for them. As early as four years old, the boys found themselves on stage, singing with their father, and the next night, jamming with their uncle. Reminiscing, the Davisson brothers shared, “On Friday nights we would go play country music with Uncle Pete, and on Saturday nights, we’d get to go play rock and roll and get more of that side with dad. We got both sides of it.”
Since they performed and grew up around music their entire lives, it was only natural that the two would work in music professionally. Starting out as an acoustic duo, Chris and Donnie set their sights on Nashville, while remaining true to their Appalachian roots. They continue to split their time between two cities while playing shows throughout the world 50-51 weeks a year.
Knowing that they needed to evolve into a four-piece band to keep up with the demand of their live shows, the Davisson Brothers added two members to their group. “The acoustic thing is how we were brought up and raised,” they told us, “We always had that energy, but getting that bass player and drummer, and that sound, is for the energy, for the crowd.”
Flash forward to today, the Davisson Brothers are known across the globe for never playing the same set twice. Their bluegrass and rock and roll roots have resonated well in the jambam festival scene and of course the country music scene, so much so that the men have gotten to play with a lot of their favorites throughout their careers. “We grew up on a lot of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band,” they shared, “We got to do a lot of shows actually with those artists, but our heart was always really at country radio.”
Their unique sound is a direct reflection of their upbringing and their vast musical influences. The Davisson Brothers continue to grow and evolve their sound, their live shows, and of course their songwriting. Most recently, the brothers released a single called “Unbreak You.,” which was written when Chris just couldn’t get a melody out of his head. Written with rising artist, Dan Smalley, and James LeBlanc, they debuted a song that both surprised fans and excited them too.
“It’s definitely a different direction for us,” they tell us of the song, “We kinda like to evolve and keep everything fresh and new. It’s definitely a step in a different direction as far as music from Davisson Brothers.” That is exactly what the brothers continue to do each and every day. They are true musicians and talents that genuinely appreciate good music.
The Davisson Brothers continued to share with us that even though times are chaotic right now, they are still writing almost every day, and are itching to get back on tour. Despite, the standstill that we all feel right now, the brothers let us know that they are releasing a new song called “Dark As A Dungeon” towards the end of June. The song was originally recorded by Merle Travis in the ‘50s, but it has a special meaning to the men.
“Normally we write most of what we release, but this particular song has a deep meaning to us, and it definitely hits home,” they shared, adding, “We never got to do something so personal and something so close to our state. The song reflects the coal mining times in West Virginia, as well as, in Australia, where the men have a huge fanbase and a record deal.
Additionally, Davisson Brothers Band will be releasing a new single to country radio in a few months and a song that was written about the virus. We look forward to all the new music coming our way soon. For hometown fans of the brothers, the band will be playing a concert at Sunset Drive Inn on June 13th in Shinnston, West Virginia, where fans can safely listen to live music for a sure to be killer set. Find tickets to the show here.
“Unbreak You” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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